She has a sister, a half-sister, a half-brother, and three stepbrothers. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling — [ edit ] Main article: The Gathering While working in Ring of Honor for a year, James also debuted as Alexis Laree in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling TNA on the company's first ever weekly pay-per-view , introduced as a participant in the lingerie battle royal , which occurred the following week.
Laree competed in her first singles match with the promotion on April 2, in a losing effort against Trinity. She defeated Mike Mondo in the first round, only to lose to Blaster Lashley in the next round. On October 12, she appeared in OVW under her real name, and finished the year on the losing end of matches against Martinez and Jillian Hall. Despite the defeat, James continued to be enamored of Stratus, which made Stratus uncomfortable. James would also confess her love for Stratus at the event.
After the match, James agreed to honor Stratus' wishes and attempted to kiss her. After Stratus pushed her away, James attacked Stratus and vowed to destroy her, becoming a villain in the process for the first time in her WWE career.
James transitioned into a face after she and Lita wrestled in a series of matches in which Lita chose stipulations to hinder Mickies wrestling ability. After Melina pinned James for the victory, she challenged her to a rematch for the title. James, however, was not seriously injured in the incident. After Backlash, James would only make sporadic appearances on television, wrestling occasionally in tag-matches and rarely in singles competition.
On the November 26 episode of Raw, James defeated Melina in a number one contender's match for Beth Phoenix 's Women's Championship,  setting up a title match between the two at Armageddon , in which Phoenix retained the title. At the event, James defeated Maryse to win her first Divas Championship, becoming only the second Diva in history to have held both the Women's and Divas titles.
On the November 20 episode of SmackDown, after James defeated Layla, McCool gave James the nickname "Piggy James", that sent James to tears, resulting in a five-on-five elimination tag team match at the November pay-per-view Survivor Series , where James' team prevailed over McCool's team, with James and Melina as the sole survivors. Over the following couple of weeks, SmackDown consultant Vickie Guerrero was introduced into the rivalry, choosing to side with LayCool over James.
After Guerrero slapped James, McCool pinned her to regain the title. James won the bout after pinning Daniels. James also accompanied Dory Funk Jr. TV's tribute to the troops. The following night, James competed against Carmel in a winning effort. James and Love fought in the main event, with Candice Michelle as the special guest referee, where Love pinned James after an interference from Velvet Sky. Although originally promoted as a singles match, interference by MCW's Renee Michelles' and Jessie Kayes' rivalry occurred during the match, resulting in the match being turned into a tag team match with Mickie and Michelle facing Angelina and Kayes, which James and Michelle won.
Jessie Belle Smothers came to the rescue and battled Rodriguez as James was escorted out by security. Two months after giving birth to her child, James returned to in-ring competition at Queens Of Combat 3 on November 30, where she defeated Tessa Blanchard. James wrestled her first TNA pay-per-view match at Turning Point , where she battled Tara to a double disqualification. James defeated Angelina Love to become the number one contender to the championship.
Tessmacher to earn another shot at the championship at Bound for Glory , in a four-way match with defending champion Winter, Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky , which Sky would win. Tessmacher in a four-way match that also included Tara and Velvet Sky, while also showing signs of a heel turn due to jealousy of Sky. Tessmacher to become the number one contender to the Knockouts Championship. Four days later, it was revealed that James had failed to come to terms on a contract renewal with TNA.
James later stated in an interview that she technically wasn't under contract with TNA, but she did not confirm that she was gone. James and Storm were presented with the trophy afterwards. On the April 24 episode of Impact Wrestling, James retired from wrestling to focus on becoming a full-time mother, but James Storm talked her into having one more match.
This was done to write off James from television, as she had no more dates set with the company at the time. Afterwards, Asuka refused to shake her hand as a sign of disrespect. On the August 14 episode of Raw, James defeated Emma in singles competition. At the event, James was defeated by Bliss. On January 8th, it was announced that James would be competing in the first ever women's Royal Rumble match.